President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded Kenyan soldiers for their dedication to international peace missions.
Mr Kenyatta said some of the soldiers ended up sacrificing their lives to protect the country.
“Our soldiers command a lot of honour and admiration. You have taken the noble duty to defend our integrity and dignity in spite of the increasing threats from terrorists,” he added.
“This reflects the confidence the international community has in our disciplined forces.”
He spoke in Eldoret on Monday during the passing-out for more than 3,000 recruits. He thanked recruits’ families for allowing them to join the Kenya Defence Forces.
“The burden of citizens now lies on you. You will live and die for Kenya. This duty calls for personal sacrifice and I call upon you to distinguish yourself and remain loyal to your superiors.”
Some of the soldiers killed when Al-Shabaab militants attacked a KDF camp in El-Adde, Somalia, on January 15 were from Moi Barracks Eldoret. The government is yet to make public details of the attack.
Mr Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, said the government was committed to investing in security.
Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and MPs Elisha Busienei (Turbo) and Ursula Ng’eny (Woman Rep) also attended the function.